Random acts of kindness

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Lake Country 284620

Everything we do, even the slightest thing we do, can have a ripple effect and repercussions that emanate. If you throw a pebble into the water on one side of the ocean, it can create a tidal wave on the other side.

Victor Webster


One of my listings - a lakefront lot with beautiful views offered at a surprisingly affordable price - recently went under contract very quickly after multiple offers.


Several weeks later, I got a call from the buyer, inquiring whether it was possible to cancel the contract. It seems they received some bad news about a health matter.


Did I mention I love my seller? When I explained the reason for the request - before I could finish - she said "of course" and "is there anything else they need"? She had never met them, it was just the response of a human with a very big heart.


The next day, I arranged for a fruit basket to be delivered to the (now former) buyers, with a simple note of hope that they will navigate the times ahead with love and good support.


Here is part of the note I received:

Even though we’ve only just met, your kindness truly shines through. It’s acts of compassion like yours that remind us of the good in the world. Thank you for brightening our day during a challenging time.


We cannot solve every problem. But we can be kind, and always remember our common humanity.


By the way, the property is under contract again, with the same terms, to buyers who are grateful they had a second chance to buy the property they love.

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Comments (8)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jeanne- we need to read more stories like this one. You are right about the ripple effect. Your almost-buyer didn't have to write you...your seller turned their thoughts to someone who might be hurting...and you were very kind in sending the almost-buyer a basket. Every act of kindness we send out into the world is like a ripple on a lake. 

Oct 16, 2023 06:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Oct 21, 2023 06:36 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeanne. Sometimes you just know what is the right thing to do even though you don't have to do it. Kindness is a good thing to be used appropriately. Enjoy your day. 

Oct 22, 2023 05:30 AM
Jeanne Dufort

You are right!  I am reminded of a song my Sunday School pre-schoolers learned - Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more...

Oct 22, 2023 02:30 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful thing to do for those buyers. We do make ripples with everything we do. You made big ones.

Oct 22, 2023 06:09 AM
Jeanne Dufort

Random acts of kindness are a "force multiplier" - you absolutely do not need to know where the ripples land, to be confident more good will be happening sometime, somewhere.

Oct 22, 2023 02:32 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for sharing this story.

Let's continue to spread love and kindness every day.

Oct 22, 2023 09:42 AM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Jeanne Dufort ,  It sure is good to hear a positive story.  We need more of these!  Have a wonderful Sunday!  Kathy

Oct 22, 2023 02:01 PM
Jeanne Dufort

You, too!

Oct 22, 2023 02:33 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A story that speaks to the heart of people and the good that others send. The seller's compassion was strong as well.

Oct 22, 2023 05:58 PM
Jeanne Dufort

When my seller said "of course" with no hesitation to a mutual termination of the original contract, it made my heart sing. For the most part, my clients are good humans.

Oct 23, 2023 06:22 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeanne Dufort  we have never connected thanks to Kathy Streib  featuring your post, all I can say is AMEN.... thank you for this wonderful post, keep in touch, Endre

Oct 22, 2023 10:00 PM
Jeanne Dufort

Glad to meet you, Endre

Oct 23, 2023 06:20 AM